Dundee Township Civil War Veterans
Enlisted in the Fifty-Second
From the Adjutant General's Report The
History of Fifty-second Infantry
The Fifty-Second Infantry Illinois
volunteers was organized at Geneva, Kane County, Illinois in November 1861
by Colonel J.G. Wilson and mustered into the United States service, November
19, 1861, by Lieutenant J. Christopher.
November 28, 1861,
moved with 945 men to St. Louis, Missouri and went into quarters at Benton
Barracks. Here Colonel Wilson Resigned.
December 8, 1861,
the Regiment, Lieutenant J.G. Wilson commanding, moved to St. Joseph,
Missouri. January 16, 1862, moved to Cairo via Palmyra, Quincy and
Mississippi River. January 24, moved to Smithland. February 7, T.W.
Sweeny was commissioned Colonel of the Fifty-Second.
The Regiment took a
prominent part in the Battle of Shiloh, April 6 and April 7, losing 170
killed, wounded and missing – Major Stark commanding the first day and
Captain Bowen on the second. The Regiment was engaged in the siege of
Corinth, May, 1862. Pursued the retreating enemy to Bonneville,
Mississippi and returned to Corinth where the Regiment remained until the
battle of Corinth, October 3 and October 4. Was heavily engaged in this
action, Colonel Sweeny commanding the Regiment – the loss being 70 killed
and wounded. Pursued the retreating enemy as far as ruckerville and
returned October 12, 1862.
December 9, 1862,
moved with an expedition to Alabama. Met the enemy near Little Bear Creek,
drove him 15 miles and returned to Corinth, arriving December 14th.
December 19, under command of Lieutenant Colonel Wilcox, left Corinth with
the expedition of General G.M. Dodge to intercept Forrest. Marched 100
miles in four and one-half days and returned weary and foot-sore.
January 2, 1863,
moved to Tennessee River to intercept Forrest, as he had already crossed at
Crump’s Landing. Expedition returned.
January 26, 1863,
moved to Hamburg, Tennessee: embarked on a little steamer and on the next
day, disembarked and retuned to Corinth.
February 25, 1863,
moved, Major Brown commanding Regiment, Colonel Sweeny commanding
expedition, to Jacinto, Mississippi. Arrived February 27th.
Remained until March 4 when it returned to Corinth.
On the 15th
of April, Lieutenant Colonel Wilcox, commanding Regiment, moved with an
expedition of four brigades of infantry, one of cavalry, and fourteen pieces
of artillery. Brigadier General G.M. Dodge commanding, to Northern
Alabama. Marched to Burnsville on the 15th: through Iuka on the
16th: crossed Bear Creek on the 17th – Colonel
Cornyn’s cavalry skirmishing with the enemy.
April 20, 1863,
Colonel Sweeny was promoted to Brigadier General. April 23, the whole force
advanced, driving the enemy. That night lay in line of battle. April 24,
moved forward and entered Tuscumbia, Alabama.
April 27, moved
toward Courtland. Met the enemy at Town Creek and skirmished till night.
April 28, gained possession of the railroad bridge, affected a crossing and
drove the enemy three miles. April 29, returned, arriving in Corinth May
August 18, 1863,
moved to Germantown and Regiment assigned to guarding railroad.
October 29, 1863,
moved to Iuka. October 31, bivouacked three and one-half miles east of
Iuka. November 6, the whole left wing of the Sixteenth Corps, moved
eastward. Arrived at Eastport and crossed the Tennessee. November 11,
1863, arrived at Pulaski, Tennessee. Remained doing provost duty.
January 9, 1864,
three-fourths of the Regiment having re-enlisted, it was mustered as a
veteran organization. Started for Illinois and arrived at Chicago January
17. Proceeded to Geneva, Kane County and was furloughed January 20, 1864.
February 24, moved
for Pulaski, Tennessee, under command of Lieutenant Colonel E.A. Brown,
Colonel Wilcox having resigned. Arrived at Pulaski February 29, 1864.
April 29, in Colonel E.W. Rices’ Brigade (First Brigade), General Sweeny’s
Division (Second). Left Wing, Major General G.M. Dodge, Sixteenth Army
Corps, moved southward, arriving at Chattanooga, May 2, 1864.
May 3, 1864,
commenced the Atlanta Campaign. The Regiment participated in the Battle of
Snake Creek Gap, Resaca, Lay’s Ferry, Rome Cross Roads, Dallas, Kenesaw
Mountain, Nickajack Creek, Decatur, July 22 and 28, before Atlanta and
Jonesboro and went into camp at East Point.
September 26, 1864,
the Second Division, Left Wing, Sixteenth Army corps was transferred to
Fourth Division, Fifteenth Army Corps moved to Rome and by rail to
Cartersville and from thence marched to Allatoona. Arriving there too late
for battle, it returned to Rome.
Lieutenant colonel Bowen being mustered out, Major Boyd took command
marched with the Division, Brevet Major General J.M. Corse commanding , to
December 18, 1864,
the non-veteran officers were mustered out, and J.D. Davis, having received
a commission as Lieutenant colonel, took command of the Regiment.
December 21, 1864,
marched into Savannah
January 29, 1865,
started on the Carolinas Campaign. Was present at the battle of
Bentonville and arrived at Goldsboro March 24, 1865.
April 10, 1865,
marched to Raleigh. Lay at Morrisville during Johnson’s surrender.
Richmond and Alexandria and was in the grand review at Washington, May 24,
1865. June 2, moved to Louisville, Kentucky.
July 5, mustered
out of United States’ service. Moved to Camp Douglass, Chicago, Illinois
and received final payment and discharge July 12, 1865.